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♫ Conductors

Andrea Strauss

Andrea Strauss

Andrea DeRenzis Strauss, Conductor of Tara Winds, has taught elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult community bands, and has taught at both public and private schools in Georgia. A native of Clarence, New York, Dr. Strauss earned both the Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and attained a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, Dr. Strauss completed the Educational Leadership Certificate Program at Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Strauss served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shorter University where she made significant contributions to the development of the instrumental music education degree program. At Shorter, Dr. Strauss taught conducting, various instrumental music education methods and pedagogy courses, and directed the marching band, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra.

As former Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology, ensembles under her leadership performed in Australia, Ireland, and China for such events as the Shanghai International Arts Festival. While serving Georgia Tech for six- teen years, the Symphonic Band commissioned numerous works and performed for Southern Division College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Conferences, and Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences. In addition to sustaining a teaching career at Georgia Tech, Dr. Strauss served as Associate Director of the 1992-1996 Atlanta Olympic Band.

Dr. Strauss retired in 2013 from the Cobb County School District. She is an active clinician and adjudicator, and has conducted All-State Bands in California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Dakota, and South Carolina. She has conducted in Italy, adjudicated in Canada, and presented clinics on various aspects of teaching and conducting for the Eastern and Northwestern Division NAfME In-Service Conferences, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and numerous GMEA In- Service Conferences and university symposiums.

Dr. Strauss has had articles published in the Music Educators Journal and the National Band Association's Journal. As a member of the National Band Association's Board of Directors, she has served as the Music Education Research Chair, Mentor Director, and State Chair. In addition, she has served as a National Representative for Tau Beta Sigma, State Chair for the CBDNA, Board of Directors Representative for the Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and Ninth District Officer for GMEA.

John Culvahouse

John Culvahouse
Associate Conductor

John N. Culvahouse recently retired as Professor of Music Education at Kennesaw State University. From 1991 until 2007, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a tenured Associate Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty. Prior to his appoint- ment at UGA in 1991, Dr. Culvahouse taught in the public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee for 17 years, where he directed high school, middle school, and elementary school bands. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Mentors and major professors include Stanley Barnes, WJ Julian, William J. Moody, and James Copen- haver.

Dr. Culvahouse has served as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in several states, Canada, and Western Eu- rope. Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association (past Georgia State Chair), Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra As- sociation, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (former Epsilon Lambda Chapter Advisor), Phi Beta Mu (Tennessee Chapter Past-President and South Carolina Past-Vice-President), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary), and National Band Association where he served on the Board of Directors on four occasions. As a long time NBA member, he conducted bands at the 1980, 1988, and 1994 conventions, including a 1988 performance by the Sumter, SC High School Symphonic Band. His NBA service began as Tennessee State Chair in the late 1970's, continued as an elected High School Repre- sentative, elected Representative At-Large, and Southern Division Chair. He served as President from 2009-2012. In 2014, he was elected to the membership of the American Bandmasters Association.

♫ Musicians


Holly Botella, Chorus Teacher (20, 4)
Martha L. Volman, Flute Instructor (49, 27)


Zandra Bell-McRoy, Band Director (29, 10)
Christie Biffle, Music Teacher, (29, 8)
Holly Botella, Chorus Teacher (20, 4)
Cole Carver, Software Developer (14, 1)
Katherine Crozier, Band Director (14, 3)
Jennifer Duerkoop, Flute Instructor (32, 1)
Catherine McKinnon, Ret. Counselor (55, 26)
Martha L. Volman, Flute Instructor (49, 27)*+
Laura Webb, Band Director (35, 17)


Stephanie Denham, Anesthesiologist Asst. (13, 1)
Rusty Wilson, Band Director (41, 27) *+

English Horn

Elise Conti, Student (9, 1)


John Lenahan, Inst. Designer (38, 3) *
Vicki Smith, Retired Educator (11, 2)
Teri Taylor, Store Manager (42, 26)

Eb Clarinet

Laurie Corbin, CPA (44, 4)

Bb Clarinet

Kenneth Beard, Band Director (52, 17)
Jean Brumbeloe, Retired (52, 3)
Claudia Bullington, Mus. Art Ed. (45, 27) +
Joya Clayton, Elem. Music Teacher (14, 2)
Lynn Conti, Accountan (44, 12)
Lacie Craig, Woodwind Instructor (17, 2)
Carrie DeWinter, Banking (20, 1)
Dickson Grimes, Tax Accountant (50, 10) *
Gail Grimes, Business Continuity Cons. (50, 10)
Min Kang, Band/Strings Teache (24, 4)
Camilla Keever, Band Director (36, 16)
Linda Kirchner, Ret. Music Teacher (52, 27) +
Dave Lawson, Band Director (18, 4)
Rhonda Minch, Accountant (23, 4)
Chantel Scriven, Band Director (22, 23)
Tyler Shank, Teacher (14, 4)
Kyle Sullivan, Engineer (15, 1)
Aileen Ward, Elem. Music Tchr. (16, 4)
Andy Welker, Mortgage Processing Mgr. (22, 5)
Myrtle Williams, IRS Employee (42, 10)

Eb Alto Clarinet

Gail Grimes, Business Continuity Cons. (50, 10)

Bb Bass Clarinet

Daniel Barker, Network Analyst (55, 2)
Jim Benson, Engineer (17, 5) *
Lauren Murphy, Music Teacher (14, 1)
Kristin Ragan, Music Teacher (15, 1)
David Wilkes, Music Educator (45, 5)

Bb Soprano Saxophone

Brad Rikard, Band Director (20, 4)

Eb Alto Saxophone

Jeremy DeWinter, Band Director (20, 1)
Evan Godbee, Band Director (12, 1)
Robert Grogan, Band Director (22, 1)
Brad Rikard, Band Director (20, 4) *

Bb Tenor Saxophone

Cathy Asher, Retired Band Director (47, 27) +

Eb Baritone Saxophone

Frank Folds, Retired Band Director (49, 18)


Jay Asher, Retired Band Director (44, 27) +
Blayne Bass, Route Driver (17, 2)
Kimberly Beckham, Operations Manager (15, 1)
Michael Biddle, Physician (32, 17)
Travis Boyette, Film Composer (25, 1)
Charlie Brodie, Retired Band Director (59, 17)
Ashley Godbee, Band Director (12, 1)
Scott Jones, Band Director (35, 5)
Michael Kobito, Band Director (12, 1)
Stan Kramer, Band Director (37, 25)
Ian Labreck, Band Director (12, 1)
Darvin McRoy, Band Director (27, 12)
John Strauss, Esq./Magistrate Judge (47, 26) *
Larry Volman, Retired Band Director (61, 27) +
Brian Walker, Band Director (13, 1)

French Horn

Bayne Dobbins, Inst. Repair Technician (68, 15)
Megan Gribble, Music Teacher (14, 2)
Alex Hansell, Pharmacy Tech (16, 2)
Tim Mason, Band Director (37, 5)
Katie Megli, Freelance Musician (25, 9)
Kyle Thompson, Merchandise Mgr. (13, 1)
Lawton Willingham, Music Technology (13, 1)
Alex Yaden, Music Teacher (10, 2) *


George Blevins, Architect/Real Estate (34, 1)
Brendon Gayron, Air Traffic Controller (24, 4)
Larry Greenwalt, Ret. Band Director (52, 27) * +
Crystal Hurt, Band Director (19, 4)
Christopher Johns, Band Director (15, 4)
Robert Williams, Retired Band Director (56, 13)

Bass Trombone

Jeremy Ragan, Music Teacher (15, 3)


William Allgood, Recording Engineer (62, 4) *
Tom Anderson, Retired CFP (55, 22)


Thomas Cremer, Language Professor (42, 4)
Alan Fowler, Band Director (37, 21) *
Melinda Mason, Freelance Mus. (8, 1)
Louis Robinson, Elementary Principal (43, 12)


Abby Gaskins, Food Stylist (23, 9) *
Katie Lawrence, Freelance Mus. (13, 2)
Levi Lyman, Student Teacher (11, 1)
Matthew Price, Band Director (21, 2)
Daniel Ross, Data Analyst (15, 2)
Kayoko Shioda, Epidemiologist (13, 2)
Nicholas Smith, Band Director (20, 4)

Piano / Organ

Blair Callaway, Band Director (45, 1)


Tyler Hartley, Freelance Musician

Double Bass

James Barket, Orchestra Director (34, 1)

Vocals/Concert Moderator

Matthew McCord, Attorney (13)

Board of Directors Chairman

John Dyson, Retired Hotel Controller (9)

Board of Directors

Jay Asher
Holly Botella
Charlie Brodie
Lynn Conti
Dr. John Culvahouse
Gail Grimes
Linda Kirchner
Matthew McCord
Daniel Ross
Dr. Andrea Strauss
Teri Taylor
Andy Welker
Rusty Wilson
Alex Yaden


Stan Kramer

Scholarship Foundation

Cathy Asher, Chairperson
Frank Folds, Treasurer

* Indicates Principal

+ Indicates Charter Member

Numbers indicate years playing an instrument and years of participation in Tara Winds.